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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Obama's AttackWatch.com Distorts Obama's Gun Control Record

In an effort to arm the president's supporters with what it calls the "facts to fight the smears," the Obama Campaign has launched www.attackwatch.com.  On this sight you will find rebuttals to Texas Governor Rick Perry's job creation claims, as well as a rebuttal to claims that Obama plans to use the U.N. Small Arms Treaty now under consideration to restrict the rights of law abiding American gun owners.  In their defense of the President Obama, they don't exactly tell the whole truth.
President Obama has signed legislation to protect gun owners’ rights. In December 2009, nonpartisan website Factcheck.org published an article explaining that “the President signed credit card legislation that included a provision allowing loaded and concealed weapons in national parks. That hasn’t stopped gun rights advocates from believing that Obama is going to implement sweeping anti-firearms policies.”
While it is true he signed the legislation including the park carry provision, it's not like he pushed for inclusion of the provision.  The real fact is the NRA was successful in adding the provision to "must have" legislation.  The President wanted the bill and was not going to veto it simply because it included the carry provision.  He signed it in spite of the provision.  Then they end their defense by linking to an NRA-ILA release debunking an Internet rumor that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had signed the U.N. small arms treaty.

Here are the real facts that the Obama Campaign do not want you to know about his gun control record, much of it based on his legislative record as a State Senator but also based on the few opportunities he had to vote on the issue as a U.S. Senator:

  • Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions;
  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws;
  • Endorsed Illinois handgun ban;
  • Cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month;
  • Keep guns out of inner cities;
  • Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons;
  • Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms; and,
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers;
 And let's not forget that Attorney General Eric Holder has expressed on more than one occasion the administration's desire to reinstate the so-called "assault" weapons ban that expired in 2004, and the administration has sent signals that it plans to address the issue of gun control in the future.

So, remember, when Team Obama says it wants facts to fight the smears, remember who is doing the talking and take it with a grain of salt.

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